Words by Erin Hansen-McKnight, Photo by Martei Korley—
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You remember Winnie Cooper, heroine (and crush of 10-year-old boys everywhere) of late ’80s hit The Wonder Years? Well, as so many…post-fame celebrities before her, Winnie— aka actress and mathematician Danica McKellar— is taking her turn on the unfailingly popular television show Dancing With The Stars, now in its 18th season.
Last night Danica and her partner Val brought a serious dancehall moment to the typically ballroom-centric series, choosing Major Lazer and Busy Signal‘s “Watch Out For This (Bumaye)” as the soundtrack to their salsa routine. Salsa? Well, as we noted when the song dropped, it’s based on a sample of Wilie Colon and Ruben Blades’ “Maria Colonza.” The selection came as something of a surprise to the judges. Len, the show’s Simon Cowell, called the routine “a little pop-videoish” (if only he had seen the actual “Bumaye” video) while Bruno called it “ghetto fabulous salsa from the hood.” We’re just going to leave that there…
Words by Natalie Weiner—
Bunji Garlin is, once again, taking soca from T&T to the international pop scene—this time, on a new track with recent Mad Decent-signee Elliphant. Since the release of his crossover hit “Differentology” last year, the Soca Viking’s been making serious moves that have kept his name on everyone’s lips.
Words by Deejay Theory —
If you haven’t noticed from most of our recent posts it’s officially Carnival time in the Caribbean today and the music and vibes are flowing like rum around here. Grab these mixes to get into the spirit of the fete, but don’t hold us responsible if you end up wining on a co-worker or stranger on the train.
Words by Natalie Weiner, Photo by Kevin Ornelas—
Major Lazer is certainly not hurting for star power on their upcoming EP, Apocalypse Soon. First we heard from Pharrell on the addictive track “Aerosol Can,” and a new collaboration with dancehall superstar Sean Paul has dropped ahead of the EP’s Feb. 25th release this week, just as Sean released his sixth studio album, Full Frequency.
It’s not like Pharrell really needs any extra heat right now — he’s had production credits on many of the most notable albums in the past year, adding to his already abundant collection of statues and plaques.